Thankful And Looking Forward

Dropping in from my hiatus to express my gratitude to those of you who have "checked in" on me cyberwise and to also wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

I've been perusing your blogs, and I'm constantly entertained by all of your witty, wise and heartfelt posts about everything from writing to parenting to relationships and beyond.

Along with Christmas decorations (which I'll be putting up tomorrow), this time of year brings out all of the new reading challenge posts for the remainder of 2011 as well as the year to come. As I've almost reached my Goodreads goal of fifty books this year (only one to go!), I thought I would get my goals in writing for the upcoming month to keep my scattered brain on track.

I'm going for the "Buddy The Elf" level and planning on reading 5-9 holiday themed books before the end of December.

I'm aiming for the "Serial Mistleto-er" level here.

I'm going with the "Christmas Tree" level on this one which is 5 or more holiday books by January 6th. And I'll probably throw in the "Fa La La La Films" bonus level because who doesn't like Christmas movies?

I've already got some wonderful books lined up to read:

Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris
Miss Read's Christmas by Dora Saint
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
A Christmas Memory & One Christmas by Truman Capote
A Child's Christmas In Wales by Dylan Thomas
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Gift Of The Magi by O. Henry
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

I'll be returning to regular Tuesday and Thursday posts starting December 6th. Talk to you all soon!

An Apology And A Hiatus

To all of my bloggy friends out there I would like to apologize for being a bad neighbor. I have failed to comment on any of your blogs for the past couple of weeks, although I've visited when I could.

Unfortunately, things going on in my life unrelated to writing/blogging have left me emotionally and physically drained. Almost as if my creative juices have been sucked out by some sparkly vampire.

For that reason, I'm taking a hiatus from blogging for the rest of November to recharge, which makes me feel a little guilty as I didn't even consider NaNo this year. I hope to be back to normal by December and ready to celebrate the season with all of my wonderful writing buddies.

I hope you all have a magnificent month and that those of you participating in NaNoWriMo reach your goals.

Spooktacular Hop Winners!


Angela D. - Dracula

Jennifer S. - The Haunting Of Hill House

Kristi H. - Signed ARC of The Replacement

All winners have been notified by email.
Thanks to everyone who entered and have a wonderful weekend!

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